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The most important
thing a girl wears is
her confidence.

Our Program

In the Winston-Salem region, 1 out of every 3 children lives in poverty. More than half (55%) of students receive free or reduced price school lunch. Teen pregnancy rates are 30% higher than the North Carolina state average. For girls growing up in the area, it can be hard to find the motivation and inspiration to achieve goals of education and leadership. LEAD Girls of North Carolina is working to equip local girls with resources to be leaders in their own lives and in their communities.

LEAD's program model uses a nationally recognized and research-based curriculum. Group workshop sessions and one-on-one mentoring develops girls' positive communication skills and increases their self-awareness and positive relationships. Girls participating in LEAD will learn to take personal and social responsibility, and how to avoid falling prey to risky and destructive behaviors. They will build positive self-esteem and grow positive relationships among themselves, with their parents and guardians, extended families, friends and their greater communities.

Non-Discrimination Statement:
No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity available at Lead Girls of North Carolina on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, political belief, age, national origin, linguistic and language difference, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, height, weight, marital or familial status, or disability.


Data Source: 2015 Kids Count Data Book, The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Our Mission

LEAD Girls of NC is dedicated to providing the tools and resources that low income, at risk preteen girls must have to become productive citizens and active leaders in their community. LEAD encourages and mentor girls to aspire and achieve greatness, academically, emotionally and creatively.

Our Vision

We envision a world where every girl has the confidence, social skills and leadership ability she needs to become an independent, financially-stable woman.

Our Programs

LEAD Girls of NC is serving 100 middle school girls in Forsyth County during the 2016-2017 school year, in partnership with local schools, community-based groups and our workshop series hosted at our LEAD suite.  Our programs combine structured leadership training held in a classroom setting with community-based, experiential learning through community service projects, volunteering and educational field trips.

 

The cost to participate in LEAD Girls of NC is minimal, and we continually strive to make our programs affordable for each and every girl who wants to be a LEAD Girl. With grants and other financial support from our partners and donors, LEAD Girls is able to subsidize our program costs and offer a sliding scale fee for participants in several of our programs. Currently the cost varies from $15 to $30, depending on the program location.  We have scholarship opportunities for girls who wish to participate in LEAD Girls of NC but who are unable to afford the program fee.

 

Over the next two years, our goal is to expand LEAD Girls of NC into multiple schools in Forsyth County , to serve a total of more than 500 girls each year. As we extend the reach of LEAD Girls of NC, we plan to expand our programs to serve girls from ages 8 to 17, in grades 4 to 12. Our growth plan also includes a LEAD Girls Scholarship Award for graduating seniors who are LEAD Girls alumnae and active participants in the Lead Girls program.

Evidence-Based Program Models

LEAD Girls of NC utilizes evidence-based models recognized as effective by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice Programs (OJJP), SAMHSA and the CDC, as the framework for our program workshops. With guidance from credentialed experts and model developers, we tailor our workshop topics and program content as needed to meet the specific needs and challenges of girls enrolled in the program. Because not every girl faces the same challenges nor has had the same life experiences based solely on her age, our team is mindful of girls’ differences and we adjust program content accordingly, without affecting the efficacy of the program model.

Our Principles

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Program Sites

During the 2016-17 school year, we are offering LEAD Girls programs at schools in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and our workshop suite.LEAD Girls programs are offered at:

  • Mineral Springs Middle School (students only)
  • Wiley Magnet Middle School(students only)
  • Philo-Hill Magnet Academy(students only)
  • LEAD Girls workshop suite (community program open to all eligible applicants)

Our school-based programs serve the school’s students during school hours or afterschool. Participants are referred by a school guidance counselor, teacher or administrator. Our program at our LEAD suite is open to girls from any school. Girls may apply to the LEAD suite program for Fall/Winter, Spring or Summer programs.

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Non-Discrimination Statement

No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity available at Lead Girls of North Carolina on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, political belief, age, national origin, linguistic and language difference, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, height, weight, marital or familial status, or disability.